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Duck Duck Gooze | The Lost Abbey

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Lost Abbey
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Belgian brewing there are fantastic wild ales brewed with naturally occurring yeast. These beers develop over time and are ready on their own terms. Duck Duck Gooze is our homage to these effervescent and wonderfully complex sparkling beers.

A blend of young and old barrel aged beers, this has been one of our most sought after beers year after year since it’s original release in 2009.

Alas, it is released in very small quantities only once every three years, so it’s extremely difficult to come by beyond the day we release it. It does, however, turn up on our Tasting Room’s Vintage List from time to time, so don’t despair.

Added by illidurit on 07-13-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
1,629
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
7.73%
 
 
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3,380
Gots:
294
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Photo of danh53
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours darker than I expected. The color is similar to apple juice with a ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Aroma is bursting with fruit - apple, pear, apricot, peach, and white wine. Oak and soft funk also comes through. Strong flavors on the taste. Everything comes through so balanced and well integrated. I get tons of vanilla as well. There is a soft funk in the background - wet hay, barnyard, some band aid. It's there, but the fruit is still center stage. The flavors are bright and vibrant, but they don't fall off quickly either. Complex, intense. This is the best beer I've had to date.

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Photo of fireazzi
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank the 2013. This is by far the finest beer I've ever had. It was so complex. Smelled so funky, tasted so sour and funky. Made me smile so much drinking this beer, lived way up to the hype for me.

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Photo of d3brewing
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

God do I love this beer and I've only had it on tap @ Lost Abbey. So we'll blended and balanced, slightly tart, medium sour, a little grainy sweetness, and a hint of apricot/peach. It truly is one of the best American sours on the market. The price tag hurts the pocket book but that's the Lost Abbey business model. Worth splurging on once before you die.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle pour into a taster glass (2013 vintage). Tart, sour, pear notes that balance nicely with the oak. Excellent beer...would love to try the 2010 vintage sometime down the road.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a taster glass. 2013 vintage. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an amber, hazy body with a white head. Aromas are tart, funky, grassy, white wine, oak, citrus. On the tongue is a delicious tartness, interesting oak character, grassy, hay, barnyard, bright stone fruit, super dry with a crisp funky aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation, very dry and crisp.

Lived up to the hype! This beer is amazing.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.46/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

EBF samples. Lemony, sharp, and Gueze-like with stone-fruit in the back. Mild aspirin undertones. Less minierally than a traditional Geuze and more fruity. Great beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice mixture of a mild orange and yellow color with a thin white head 1/6". Nice aroma, very similar to Cable Car, tart, dry, lemon, crisp.

Taste delivered another super dry citrus, lemon for the most part, some orange underneath that, real dry virgin kind of oak impressions. Astringent all over. Very expensive so it doesn't hit that pleasure zone, and they only break it out if you're cool enough or some fake hype limited scarcity kind of stuff. But there is no denying its av very good beer and seems to stand the test of time as this is a 2013 bottle.

There's a lot of gueuze out there, American or Belgian that you can get for so much cheaper than this. Unfortunately Lost Abbey is in the collectible make it scarce hype business model so it is what it is.

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Photo of tshanahan
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Score updated since having it via bottle instead of tap (both 2013). Smells of sweet peaches, sweet funk, wine oak barrels, candied lemon, aroma potpourri. Tastes like sweet and sour extremely balanced. Lemon citrus, wet hay, Lost Abbey flora and fauna. Very smooth after 2.5 years of conditioning. Beautiful natural cloudy, unfiltered look. Home run.

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Photo of KaeF
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 version. Amazing color, looks exactly like peaches! It has a soft acidic and creamy nose, fruity, followed by a funky and tart taste with notes of fruits. Apricot, peaches, it is really fresh and well balanced. Love this beer!

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Pours a vibrant orange color with little to no white head that dissipates immediately. The wine barrels explode on the nose. Bright, tart taste with nice red wine and oak flavors popping through. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with quick dissipation leaving an incredibly smooth feeling on the pallet. Incredible beer, now I can see why it's so sought after

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Photo of Hootie159
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'13 from bottle. Pours a golden orange. Smells of intertwined wine, oak, funk, and sour fruit. Taste is a perfect blend of tart and sour balanced by the oak. Has a slightly slightly thicker feel that is wonderfully smooth. Perfect tang and carb. This is as good as a sour gets.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sour heaven in a glass. After holding onto a bottle for almost a year, unleashed it on Thanksgiving. Perfect level of tartness and love the touch that the wine barrel adds to the taste. I would have to do them side by side to be 100% accurate, but going on memory I would say DDG beats CC. Both wonderful but DDG has a little more subtle complexity.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a 2013 bottle at the V16 bottle release. Amazed that this lived up to the hype. Amazing oak character blends into layer after layer of tart. Stoked to finally try this!

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Photo of Beer_Line
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage poured into Tulip, an amazing funky citrus aroma. Taste is perfectly tart and sour. This is a great american gooze. I think they nailed it out of the park on this one. Age is going to treat this brew very nicely.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Giving a beer a perfect 5 is not an easy thing to do... but I must say, this beer is a 5. I am a fan of wild ales and the Gose style so it makes sense I would enjoy it.

It's tart, it's slightly salty, it's a perfect representation of the style.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage
Best smelling sour I've encountered...just a white grape/wine bomb
Taste is not far behind-tons of light fruity, tart funky character...easy drinking

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Photo of The_Wozz
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap April 1, 2015. Was blown away to find out it wasn't an april fools joke! Phenomenal beer that lives up to the hype. Just bummed i don't have any bottles for myself!

A - Very crisp Golden/yellow with zero lacing and head dissipates immediately.
S - Citrus, funk, acidity, and sour apple
T - Apple, lemon peel, white grapes, mild vinegar and slight oak barrel presence. Nice little sweetness finishes each sip leaving you ready for more
M - Lighter-medium bodied. Very easy to drink and carbonation was well within respectable limits
O - Fantastic beer, glad i was passing by the tap room and was able to sneak in just in time to get a pour! Will be ISO bottles

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Photo of W_Des
4.88/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a pour of this at Funk Asheville 2015. Lost Abbey had the longest line and for good reason. This a fantastically well balanced sour. Not too tart, not too fruity, not too funky. It just has a right amount of each with some notes reminding me of oranges and maybe some other citrus. Definitely a great beer.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the Epic Bottle Share at TG. Still have my bottle in the cellar which I am now more excited to drink than ever!!! Sooooo smooth and just the right amount of Tart.

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Photo of RebelWithoutACause
3.6/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2.

Second bottle that I have opened that smells like green apples and nail polish. Something has to be going on with the latest batch, this can't be just me. I love this beer but something just isn't right.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 bottle drank today. Nice golden color with a little bit of head/carbonation. Little bit of funk. Lot of acidity. A definite lemony presence on the palate. Very good overall. Solid, well-crafted beer with no major flaws as far as I can tell.

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Photo of adnauseam007
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma - Prominent notes of acetic/citric acid as well as some cherry, tropcial fruits, and Brett funkiness.

Appearance - Yellow/orange in color with a thin layer of white bubbles.

Flavor - Well balanced tartness with some funky barnyard yeast flavor. Some additional fruity ester flavors of melon and mango. Well balanced tart and fruity fllavors. Low malt presence of a buttery cracker.

Mouthfeel - Low bodied with a good deal of effervescence. Not overwhelmingly tart or astringent but well balanced.

Overall - The strength of this beer is in its balance and its ability to change from tart lambic to estery Belgian to dry saison with a simple swirl of the glass. Not showy or flashy, just simply well made.

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Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow color. A minimal white head forms, and not much lace either.
S: Not much in the nose. Light apple skin, with a bit of tartness. A metallic, even tinny aroma. Not much of a yeast character, not much funk, oak, or much of anything else. Disappointing in the nose.
T: Light white grape flavors with apple skins. Cider like, with a bit of tartness and vinegar flavors. Again, no real funky yeast character. Really not much of anything but light tartness.
M/D: A light to medium body. Certainly not flat, but I wish this was much more crisp. The light tartness is enjoyable, and makes this fairly simple and easy to drink. Though I feel like this needs something more...probably a more distinct yeast character.

One dimensional, and just a little boring. After several try's over the years, I was hoping this would click, but it never has. I have never gotten much yeast or substantial tartness out of this. Don't know why my experience is that much different than most others. Though I think there are much better Wild Ale available, and ones that are so much easier to get as well.

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a Teku
Vintage 2013

A big thanks to joshwith for sending this long time want over in a trade!

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a very small fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the glass. Leaves essentially zero lacing. 4.25

S: Lots of sour characters, lactic acidity tartness, oak, citrus, some funky plastic like aromas. Everything comes together quite nicely. 4.25

T: A delicious puckering tartness, sour apple and citrus, some sweeter fruit notes, vinous notes that are reminiscent of sweet wine. Lots of oak and vanilla characters on the finish. The sourness builds throughout the drink. Excellent. 4.5

M/D: Medium body, carbonation on the lighter end for the style but alright, drinkability is excellent. 4.25

O: Excellent beer, well worth seeking out. Thanks again Josh! 4.5

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2009 Bottle

A: Pours a clear, dark gold/nearly copper color with a thin, off-white head that simmers down to nothing fairly quickly.

S: Right away there's a nice blast of cheesy funk and lacto with a big hit of lemon. Light oak and just a touch of apple cider vinegar.

T: A juicy push of tart Granny Smith apple, lemon and underripe pear upfront followed by a smooth middle of oak and lemon meringue. Finish leaves a lingering lemon flesh sourness. Has just a touch of white wine barrel to it, cherry skin and just a breath of funk on the finish. Doesn't carry the funk of something like 3F Oude Gueuze and doesn't have the sourness of a beer like Cable Car, but it's fantastically rounded and just keeps pummeling you with a variety of flavors, none of them bad. An absolutely phenomenal beer. So glad I finally got to try this.

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